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Etbauer becomes first cowboy to earn $3 million in a single event

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Trust Billy Etbauer to reach each new milestone in grand style.

A week ago, Etbauer joined Trevor Brazile as the sport’s only $3 million cowboys by winning the saddle bronc riding title in Burley, ID. This week, a win at the Lynden (WA) PRCA Rodeo made him the first contestant to bank $3 million in a single event.

The $1,495 he earned in Lynden, plus another $1,141 check for finishing fourth in the Horse Heaven Round-Up in Kennewick, WA, brought his career earnings in saddle bronc riding to $3,002,158 and $3,003,492 overall.

“It’s unreal,” Etbauer said. “I never would have imagined this when I started out. You’d like to say you have the $3 million in your bank account, but I kind of do still have it. (Rodeo) allowed me to buy land, build a home and make investments. It’s all been a blessing.”

Etbauer put himself over the top in Lynden with an 80-point ride on the aptly named Showtime of the Northern Cross Rodeo Company String. It was almost a family double: wife Hollie Etbauer was second in the barrel racing to Kelli Tolbert by two-tenths of a second.

The only money Etbauer earned in another event came in team roping in 1992. Etbauer heeled for Don Hall – regular partner Joe Sherman was ailing – and they earned $1,335 after finishing in a tie for third place in the first round of the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver with a time of 6.2 seconds.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Trust Billy Etbauer to reach each new milestone in grand style.

A week ago, Etbauer joined Trevor Brazile as the sport’s only $3 million cowboys by winning the saddle bronc riding title in Burley, ID. This week, a win at the Lynden (WA) PRCA Rodeo made him the first contestant to bank $3 million in a single event.

The $1,495 he earned in Lynden, plus another $1,141 check for finishing fourth in the Horse Heaven Round-Up in Kennewick, WA, brought his career earnings in saddle bronc riding to $3,002,158 and $3,003,492 overall.

“It’s unreal,” Etbauer said. “I never would have imagined this when I started out. You’d like to say you have the $3 million in your bank account, but I kind of do still have it. (Rodeo) allowed me to buy land, build a home and make investments. It’s all been a blessing.”

Etbauer put himself over the top in Lynden with an 80-point ride on the aptly named Showtime of the Northern Cross Rodeo Company String. It was almost a family double: wife Hollie Etbauer was second in the barrel racing to Kelli Tolbert by two-tenths of a second.

The only money Etbauer earned in another event came in team roping in 1992. Etbauer heeled for Don Hall – regular partner Joe Sherman was ailing – and they earned $1,335 after finishing in a tie for third place in the first round of the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver with a time of 6.2 seconds.


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